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Favorite Photo Friday – “Reagan is Officially a US Citizen”

Me and Reagan Officially a US Citizen BLOG
Wednesday at 7am, our family was headed South to the Montgomery County Courthouse to have Reagan Readopted and to finally make her a US Citizen.

Pacing the Halls
We were a little early and we had to wait in the hallway until the judge called us into the courtroom.
Good thing I always come prepared with snacks. We definitely needed them:)

Family Photo With The Judge CROP BLOG
Both Pat and I were sworn in and had to answer a few questions from the judge.
We got to take the kids with us when we took the stand and they thought it was the coolest thing.
Pat went first and he took Reagan along with him.
She was charming everyone in the room. Waving at them and saying “Hi”.
When she saw the judge, she reached out for him to hold her.
I went straight for the camera and our attorney told me no pictures until the end when the judge came down from the bench:( You will have to believe me when I say it was the sweetest thing ever!!

The whole process only took about ten minutes and then everything was official.
Our judge was so great with the kids. He talked to all three of them and spent a good deal of time with Nick.
It was really a wonderful experience and a super special day for our family. One we will never forget.

There were other families waiting to go next, but our lawyer offered to take a quick photo(or three)of all of us with the Judge. Unfortunately, this was the best of the bunch. I had to laugh when I saw that her dress was up and she was not even facing forward….in every single photo. She was so over it by this point and just wanted to get down and run. But, at least we have something so we can all remember this day. That is what is all about.

Hoping to get a few more posts up this week. I am behind…….. which is becoming the new normal for me!!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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  • Sharie - I love it! Amelia was a citizen upon entry since just one parent; however I re-adopted her this year in Iowa just to make the birth certificate situation a little easier. I didn’t have to take the stand, which was good because she would have been on my lap – she was a bit nervous about the whole thing. Good to do it when she was so young.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly And Allison - What a special day for your family! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Honey Mommy - That is so awesome! Happy day!ReplyCancel

  • Kayce - Such a great moment! Congratulations on this final step of Reagan’s adoption! I love each picture! :) Have a fabulous weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Halie - Congratulations! It is indeed a day to remember.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Congrats! Beautiful family photo! Wow – Reagan looks really TALL!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - Congratulations to you all! A day you will always remember Lisa. I can remember clearly how fantastic I felt leaving the courtroom as as a family :-) Red is my new fav colour on Reagan BTW!!! Her actions are so similar to Gracie it makes me smile. I would love to see some video clips of her in action…hint, hint! Our girl is TWO tomorrow, I’m so excited. Loving this stage. Aren’t they funny??ReplyCancel

  • Mira - congrats! that’s a special day indeed! :)ReplyCancel

  • Formerly known as Frau - Congrats! It’s a perfect shot! Have a wonderful weekend! !ReplyCancel

  • Number 6 and no more counting! - what a beautiful family! And, a cute story!


  • Gail - What a happy day for you all and what beautiful smiles all around! Love the red too!!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Lisa! Can’t believe it’s already December…yikes.


  • Kim - LOVE IT…
    Makes me tear up..
    Congrats girly..

  • - Congratulations!! Love ALL of the photos.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - YAY!! congratulations!! That is so awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Sisk - That is so wonderful – congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • snekcip - Isn’t it an awesome feeling standing w/the judge and making it all OFFICIAL!! Best feeling in the world!!!

    I see Nick couldn’t help but get his hands on the gavel!! There is something really exhilirating about tapping it loudly on the bench and shouting ORDER IN THE COURT!!!

    BTW…Your attorney did a good job at picture taking!! Look on the brightside at least your heads weren’t “cut off”!!! Yeah….we had a few of those in Bre’s adoption photos!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Patricia/NYC - Congratulations!! What a special day for your family! Great photo too!

    Love how you all are giving a heads up to China with wearing the color red 😉 Also love Nick holding the gavel!ReplyCancel

  • Chic Homeschool Mama - Oh how very exciting Lisa- congrats to you all!!ReplyCancel

  • Marla - How cute, y’all look so pretty in your red!! Congrats to the adorable new citizen! :)

    Happy Friday!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Great photos and the first one of the two of you is a gem.


  • Sharon Ankerich - Congratulations~ a great milestone and beautiful family photo of you all! XOXOReplyCancel

  • Catherine - What an amazing, wonderful, special day for your family and you all looked AMAZING! Heh, the dress is cute! And, not looking at the camera? That’s all I get these days is the top, side or back of Hannah’s head!

    Excited to see the list of winners for this week’s draws!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Heather H. - Congratulations, Lisa, to you and your family at now having it all official. It’s a beautiful family photo.


  • Mimi - Congratulations Lisa, to all of you.
    You look, as always, fantastic, all so co-ordinated. I’m delighted you had such a good time and got a photo to remember this special day.ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie - Yay!! Love the pictures of the happy family!
    Congratulations to the newest US Citizen :)ReplyCancel

  • The 5 Bickies - I bet your family was one of the highlights of the judge’s day! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Mia's Mommy - Congratulations Reagan!ReplyCancel

  • Christa - Yay! What a great day. Congratulations to your family.ReplyCancel

  • Tara - Awesome! Congratulations to your beautiful family! I’m so happy for all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Sis - AMAZING!!!!!!! I am so happy for you! So exciting!


  • Branson - Such an exciting day! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Eva - Congratulations! What a special time. Your family photo is perfectly imperfect. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Alyson and Ford - Wonderful day for your family! (I remember ours very well too).

    Alyzabeth’s MommyReplyCancel

  • Fliss and Mike Adventures - It has been so long since dropping by… well, dropping by anyone’s blog of late… as you know… life is busy… you were meant to warn me… I have loved dropping by and seeing how things are going here… congrats also… hugs…ReplyCancel

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